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Submission + - An interesting look at the performance of JavaScript on mobile devices (sealedabstract.com)

faffod writes: Coming from a background of console development where memory management is a daily concern, I found it interesting that there was any doubt that memory management on a constrained system, like a mobile device, would be a concern. Drew Crawford took the time to document his thoughts, and though there is room for some bikesheding, overall it is spot on. Plus it taught me what bikeshedding means

Comment Re:This is getting boring (Score 1) 404

The nuts are bolts are still important. Java framework hell is partially a result of the language's shortcomings. Clearly some languages and tools can do some jobs in hours/days when it takes days/months using others, but then seemly productive tools fall to bits when used for other kinds of jobs. There is much to look at this level, it cannot be dismissed so lightly.

Comment Re:How many more? (Score 1) 409

There's no doubt that with smart phones now sub-$100, there will be a shakeout. It may be calculators and corded phones all over again. As for what nationality to buy, most of the world is now buying Asian, and much of the "Chinese crap" you write of gets reasonable reviews and appears to last the required 2 year life span.

Comment No situational awareness (Score 2) 409

Nokia failed to realise is that their customers were buying because they had a reliable brand with a respectable name, but that in most other respects, most of their customers considered Nokia's phones to have similar features as all the rest. They were trusted and reliable - they were an IBM, not an Apple. When they stopped making phones with similar features as all the rest, they were taking a big step into unknown territory.

If they had simply built a solid android phone, they could have retained much of their customer base and charged a premium for brand/quality. I guess they still could.

Comment It's all part of the plan (Score 1) 184

The government's economic development plans for the region is to move up market into more advanced, higher valued, manufacturing and services. Part of the plan is to is to encourage more workers rights, higher wages, increased health-care, welfare, improved education, move the workforce up market, and help force low paid manufacturing out. Lower value manufacturing is now being encouraged to move the interior regions to lift the economy and incomes there. It's all well documented and written about. It should come as no surprise that there will be some labour issues in the southern coastal regions during the transition.

They're directing and regulating competitive market forces to achieve national growth. Milton Friedman probably wouldn't approve - but it's worked so far.

Comment The Elephant in the Room (Score 1) 616

I've sat in front of a Linux desktop ever since a Linux desktop became possible. As a UNIX desktop it matured long ago, but it hasn't moved very far since. The separation of kernel and desktop has always been the elephant in the room. The desktop developers are fiddling around the edges, creating a desktop for UNIX without considering that they could also create a UNIX for the desktop. Why is it that user file history and the trashcan are not implemented in the operating system so that command-line and desktop-functionality are unified? Why is it that user level file sharing is not implemented in the file system instead of being implemented in the desktop file managers? Why is it that user level desktop applications can bring the system to its knees without any chance for a user to intervene?

I guess I'm part of the problem, because like many Linux users, I'm a command line user, the shortcomings of the desktop are simply not irritating enough to make me want to do much about them (although I have tried - e.g. collectfs).

Submission + - Resurrect your old code with a DIY Punch Card Reader (blogspot.co.nz)

mchnz writes: Need to read in some old punch cards? Have a hankering to return to yesteryear? I've combined an Arduino, the CHDK enhanced firmware for Canon cameras, and the Python Image Library to build a reader for standard IBM 80 column punch cards. You can see it in action in "Punch Card Reader — The Movie" or read more about it in my blog.

Submission + - Trashcan for the command line (blogspot.com)

mchnz writes: "I've created collectfs — a FUSE filesystem that wraps an existing Linux directory hierarchy and collects all clobbered files into a trash directory. Collectfs provides versioned file history for development tools such as vi, make, gcc, sed, and awk by implementing trash collection at the filesystem level where it belongs."

Submission + - Foxconn to Hire 1 Million Robots (xinhuanet.com) 1

hackingbear writes: Xinhua News Agency reports that Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn will replace some of its workers with 1 million robots in three years to cut rising labor expenses and improve efficiency, said Terry Gou, founder and chairman of the company, late Friday. The robots will be used to do simple and routine work such as spraying, welding and assembling which are now mainly conducted by workers. Foxconn, the world's largest maker of computer components which assembles products for Apple, Sony and Nokia, employing 1 million (human) laborers in mainland China, is in the spotlight after a string of suicides of workers at its massive Chinese plants, which some blamed on tough working conditions. As labor regulation tighten up in China, human laborers demanding wage rise become replaceable.

Submission + - PayPal hands over 1,000 IP Addresses to the FBI (tekgoblin.com) 3

tekgoblin writes: "PayPal was attacked by Anonymous last year when they had blocked the Wikileaks accounts transactions. Now PayPal has finally come up with enough evidence to strike back at Anonymous with the help of the FBI. PayPal has come up with a list of over 1,000 IP Addresses left behind when they were attacked by Anonymous."

Submission + - Ask slashdot, how many sdk's?

An anonymous reader writes: How many sdk's have you had to use in your professional career? just how lucky have you been and do you consider many or few luck? I'm asking because I've wondering about my career(~8 years) so far, first few years included just interpreted runtimes and different flavors of same c++ sdk, even being able to use the same compiler for more than a year, but during the last year I've had to use no less than 4 different sdk's, by which I mean 4 different user interface kits and 3 set of libraries for operating system type of access. It's better than having been laid off but is the throwaway nature and abundance of SDK's and their counterpart operating systems starting to push the average developers to the limit? if you've managed to get paid for a long time with just one, which one is it and what type of company and product is it being used to develope? web, desktop, some unix control systems or something else?

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